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12:00 PM on 03.30.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

Welcome to the latest installment of Annotated Anime, brought to you by the Church of GunplaBattology. In the header you can see the benefits being a Build Fighter™ can bring to your life. Our two latest recruits have g...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4
by Jayson Napolitano

 

It’s been a while since we’ve visited the world of Ranma 1/2. It was my favorite anime growing up, though I never came close to seeing all that the series had to offer. Like many people out there, I’ve tried to pick up the out-of-print DVD sets in recent years, but Viz Media recently came to the rescue with a re-issue of the entire series on both DVD and limited edition Blu-ray.
I noted after reviewing set 3 that it was time to hunker down now that all of the main characters had been established, and it would be interesting to see if the series was able to maintain momentum into later sets. For those who don't remember, Ranma 1/2 follows our martial artist protagonist, Ranma, who's fallen under a Chinese curse that causes him to turn into a woman when splashed with cold water. There's what I'll call a love hexagon (or several?) as various characters fall in love with his male and female forms as well as each other.

Set 4 marks the half-way point in the series, and while there isn't anything that takes the series forward in terms of an overarching storyline, the majority of what's here is highly entertaining.

 

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4:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 03.28.2015

New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Zoku CM is here with more sour-faced looks

The commercial for the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is here and boy, the ever anti-social unlikable main protagonist Hachiman looks as anti-social as ever. Looks like there's a new female lead character in t...

Red Veron




Week Ender - PA Works Edition photo
Week Ender - PA Works Edition
by Red Veron

PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park with their latest anime about an anime studio who has been trying to make their comeback. Who knew that them making an anime about making anime and themselves would be so successful?

Well, this weekend's Week Ender is about PA Works and they've got some good endings in there. Well, I have a couple that I really like so I'll just throw those in with some others. Enjoy!

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Final Impressions: Shirobako photo
Final Impressions: Shirobako
by Josh Tolentino

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily. 

Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche.

I love it. 

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10:00 AM on 03.28.2015

Gothic Fashion no Jutsu! Silver rings inspired by Naruto's dark side

Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green l...

Anthony Redgrave

6:00 PM on 03.27.2015

Check out Animator Expo's adorable ghost short

If you had a rough day today. then Animator Expo's 15th short might be the thing to lift your spirits. Not only that, Shigeto Koyama's (Diebuster's Mechanical Designs) Obake-chan piece takes the concepts of ghosts and changes...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 AM on 03.26.2015

First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ...

Josh Tolentino



OP Up! Anime Game Edition photo
OP Up! Anime Game Edition
by Red Veron

Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

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6:00 PM on 03.24.2015

This anime-inspired Star Wars fan video will convert you to the Dark Side

I might get attacked for saying this, but I'm not a huge fan of the Star Wars series. While I enjoyed the original trilogy, Genndy Tartakovsky's amazing Clone Wars miniseries, and a few of the brand's games, my views to...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35
by Josh Tolentino

What is this, a gambling anime?

Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23
by Josh Tolentino

Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes.

Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anticlimax bracketed by exposition, and for the unlucky, catastrophe. And even then to reduce a real life to those terms is to do it a disservice.

Thank goodness Shirobako's a story, then!

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3:30 PM on 03.22.2015

Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness

Airing this spring season is an anime adaptation of the mobile rhythm music game Show by Rock!!., which is a surprising collaboration of the Sanrio (the Hello Kitty people) and mobile game publisher/developer Greechs.The stor...

Red Veron

4:00 PM on 03.21.2015

Studio MADHOUSE winds up for One Punch Man anime

[Update: Check out a hot cam promo for the show below, straight from the AnimeJapan 2015 show floor!] I must say that as hyped-up as I am about the prospect of a hot new anime adaptation of One Punch Man, the skeptic in ...

Josh Tolentino